Chelsea: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Chelsea comes up short in its attempts to innovate the conventional talk show format -- and even worse, it frequently fails to be smart or funny.


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Air date: May 11, 2016
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Critic Reviews for Chelsea Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

It's a big gamble for Netflix, but also a welcome reprieve from the current late-night landscape.

Jan 18, 2017 | Full Review…

If Handler's new show isn't exactly breaking the mold quite yet, this early offering is unexpected in an entirely different way: its host is salty and acerbic as ever, but Chelsea is surprisingly earnest and heartfelt-even, dare I say, mushy?

Sep 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The idea is that Handler hopes to learn a lot from her new show, though her own rapping to end it is the most embarrassing. Still, not breaking for commercials makes all the difference.

May 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Yes, this is what we've been waiting for: a talk show that is proud to be even dumber than Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show.

May 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Curiosity and insecurity -- this is not the worst way to begin a talk show.

May 11, 2016 | Full Review…

By the end of the episode, Ms. Handler was standing on the set's revolving table, rapping in front of Pitbull. It was excruciating.

May 11, 2016 | Full Review…

To anyone for whom she's more of an acquired taste, this Netflix vehicle didn't exactly put a best foot forward. Tomorrow is another night. But when the dog lay down and appeared to doze during the premiere, it was hard not to think he had the right idea.

May 11, 2016 | Full Review…
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Handler's apparently got a pretty photogenic set of friends, but, like almost everything on Instagram, it's much more fun to imagine what her gal pals are talking about than actually overhear their conversations.

May 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Although Chelsea is so far fairly trifling, it's got an appealingly loose, shaggy vibe - less "late night" than "morning after."

May 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Inquisitive Chelsea is a talk show host I might periodically want to check in on. Pompously Dim-Witted Chelsea is a show I can pass on.

May 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chelsea: Season 1

Chelsea does a great job at morphing itself around its bland and obnoxious host, followed by failed attempts to make entertainig jokes or though-provoking commentary. Though a highlight here and there, this talk show is nothing more than the definition of something skippable.


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